'What is Black History?' A Presentation on Behalf of the African American Historical and Cultural Society in Honor of Black History Month

5 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2008

Date Written: February 2, 2007

Abstract

Speech presented at City Hall, San Francisco, California, at the request of the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society and the City of San Francisco in commemoration of Black History Month.

In this essay, Professor Magee answers the question, "What is Black history?" using personal narrative to illustrate that "Black" history is personal and human history, and that the ability to learn, grow, and change the course of history for the better is within all of us. Drawing upon her own experiences in the North American South as a child of effective integration in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement, she argues for the importance of making a commitment to developing a strong sense of self, and taking that inner strength and power into the world to work together as a community toward freedom, justice, to make Black history - a category of experience which is, in the first and last, human history.

Keywords: Black history, civil rights, slavery, reparations, contemplative prayer, segregation

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Magee, Rhonda V., 'What is Black History?' A Presentation on Behalf of the African American Historical and Cultural Society in Honor of Black History Month (February 2, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1151927 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1151927

Rhonda V. Magee (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco ( email )

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States
415-422-5055 (Phone)

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